SHS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Event Details

Monday, May 2, 2022 • 6PM

Crest Hollow Country Club
Woodbury, New York

Touro University

Dr. Alan Kadish

Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka
Executive Vice President

Patricia E. Salkin, JD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Nadja Graff
Vice President, Division of Graduate Studies

Board of Trustees of Touro University

Dr. Alan Kadish

Rabbi Doniel Lander

Zvi Ryzman

Abraham Biderman • Shmuel Braun • Dr. Benjamin Chouake • Allen Fagin • Howard Friedman Dr. Zahava Friedman • Gilles Gade • Rabbi Menachem Genack • Solomon Goldfinger Abraham Gutnicki • Debra Hartman • Judy Kaye • Brian Levinson • David Lichtenstein • Martin Oliner • Dr. Larry Platt Margaret Retter • Stephen Rosenberg • Israel Sendrovic • Gary Torgow • Jack Weinreb Rabbi Shabsai Wolfe • Steven Zuller

School of Health Sciences Administration

Louis H. Primavera, Ph.D.

Frank Gardner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academics

Rivka Molinsky, OTR/L, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students and Innovation/Office of Disabilities Coordinator

Joseph Faiella-Tommasino, Ph.D., PA-C, FACC
Vice President PA Program Development & operations Chair, Northeast Division PA Programs

Faye Wlakenfeld, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science

Stephanie J. Dapice Wong, DPT, PT, OTR/L, CAPS
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Sandra A. Russo, Ph.D., RN
Chair and Director, Nursing

Jill Horbacewicz, PT, M.A., Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Special Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education

Hindy Lubinsky, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH
Chair and Director, Speech-Language Pathology

Frances Corio, PT, Ph.D., OCS
Associate Professor, Director, PDPT & OPTR Programs

Marissa F. Esposito, M.A.
Director of Alumni Affairs

Jill Zucker
Director of Student Affairs

Susan V. Powers
Executive Administrative Director

Lisa Shurley-Thompson, MBA, DMGT
Administrative Director, Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

Guest of Honor

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Dr. Nadja Graff
Vice President
Touro College Division of Graduate Studies

As Vice President of the Division of Graduate Studies, Dr. Nadja Graff serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Touro’s six graduate schools. She is responsible for guiding the schools to enhance the quality and reputation of all its programs, to expand its scholarly footprint and to promote student success. Dr. Graff also supports faculty to facilitate increased collaboration and operational synergy between the graduate programs, and to oversee assessment processes. Dr. Graff joined Touro College in 1980 as a Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and taught health sciences students for more than 30 years in Touro’s Physician Assistant (PA) program and its Biomedical program (a joint M.S./M.D. program with Technion University in Israel). She served as Academic Coordinator in The School of Health Sciences’ PA program, and in 1999 was appointed the Founding Director of the Manhattan campus PA program. In 2010, she was appointed Associate Dean of The School of Health Sciences and has served as the Chair of Touro’s Academic Integrity Council since 2012.

In her current position, Dr. Graff is intimately involved with the administration and accreditation efforts of all Graduate Schools. She is serving for the second time as Co-chair of the Middle States Self-Study Committee. Dr. Graff is a member of the University’s Senior Management Group, and co-chairs the subcommittee on Academic Excellence for the University’s Strategic Planning Council. She has also exhibited leadership in the area of retention, co-chairing the college’s student success initiative, Project STRIVE. Dr. Graff’s energy, enthusiasm, charm, and intellect have made a profound and lasting contribution to the success and growth of the Touro University System.

Honoring Our Academic Leadership

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Dr. Louis H. Primavera
Touro College School of Health Sciences

Dr. Primavera is currently the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Touro and was the Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology at Touro College. Previously, he was the Dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and is Professor Emeritus at Adelphi. Dr. Primavera also served as Chair and was Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at St. John’s University. He is a licensed psychologist and is trained in behavior therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy. He had a private practice for more than 25 years and specialized in marriage counseling.

Dr. Primavera is a dedicated teacher and won the Excellence in Teaching Award at St. John’s and a teaching award at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where he held a staff position for 10 years. Dr. Primavera received his B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the City University of New York.

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Dr. Joseph Weisberg
Former Dean
Touro College School of Health Sciences

Dr. Joseph Weisberg built his career on the fundamental belief that movement is life. Applying this principle to both his practice and his approach to academia, he gave countless students the opportunity to uplift their lives through education and he continues to help thousands of patients improve their health and quality of life through physical therapy.

After receiving his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at NYU, Dr. Weisberg developed the Physical Therapy program at Touro College School of Health Sciences, first as a Distinguished Professor and ultimately serving as Dean of the school for more than two decades. He is the recipient of five professional and academic awards, and he authored three books and co-authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed dental and physical therapy journals. In addition, he has served on the editorial review board of the General Orthopedic and Sports Journal. He is also co-founder of MedGizmo, Inc., a medical technology company, serving as Wellness Director and on the Board of Directors. Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Weisberg continuously practiced physical therapy and is the founder of North Shore Rehabilitation in Great Neck, New York, where he continues to improve lives.

And Honoring

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Dr. Rosalie Unterman
Speech and Hearing Center

Dr. Rosalie Unterman is an Associate Professor in the Touro Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her B.A. and M.S. from Brooklyn College/CUNY and Ph.D. from New York University, with a focus in the area of fluency disorders. Dr. Unterman is the Clinical Director of the Graduate Program, Director of the Touro College Speech and Hearing Center, and the Touro College Certification Officer for the New York State Education Department (NYSED) TSSLD teacher certification. She has been a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award of the School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Unterman has more than 45 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and supervisor of students and Clinical Fellows in various settings. These include early intervention, home care, preschools, schools, private practice, clinical sites, day treatment facilities, and group homes. She came to the School of Health Sciences in September 2001 and has guided the clinical experience of all graduating classes of the Graduate Program in SpeechLanguage Pathology

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Esther Ingber
Recognizing 50 years of dedication to Touro College

In 1970 Esther Ingber began her distinguished career of over 50 years at Touro College, in the Office of the President, Dr. Bernard Lander, of blessed memory. Esther was the first Program Assistant in the Physician Assistant Program, assisting Shlomo S. Twersky, of blessed memory. Throughout her career, Esther has had the privilege of working in the School of Health Sciences with Dr. Joseph Weisberg, in the Graduate School of Education with Dr. Anthony J. Polemeni, as well as in Touro College’s Center for Geological and Environmental Sciences with Dr. Howard Feldman. In addition, Esther is a charter member of Touro’s Women’s Leadership Council and has been a member of both, the undergraduate and graduate, Graduation Committees.

At this dinner, we are excited to recognize Esther’s decades long career, assisting many of the academic personalities who helped create the Touro brand. Always willing to assist in any way possible, Esther represents the best Touro has to offer.

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Inaugural PA Class '74
Represented by Dr. James Cawley

James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C, DHL (hon) is Visiting Professor and Scholar-in-Residence at the Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy at the University of Maryland Graduate School in Baltimore. Cawley taught and conducted research on the PA profession for nearly 40 years at The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program where he founded the PA/MPH Program and remains Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Following his graduation from the Touro College PA Program in 1974, he began his career as a primary care PA at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned his MPH in epidemiology from the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and pursued doctoral study in health policy at The George Washington University. Cawley has coauthored five books on PAs with more than 150 peer-reviewed publications on the PA profession and health workforce policy.